Dr Alysha Elliott Aparicio

Research Fellow

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
a.elliott@imb.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 62745

Overview

Doctor Alysha Elliott is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Superbug Solutions in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. Alysha began her research career in 2007 and has since been dedicated to multi-disciplinary drug discovery with a specific passion for anti-infective targeted research. Alysha is highly experienced in infectious disease microbiology, structural biology of peptides, and molecular biology. Developing new antibiotics to treat drug resistant pathogens and investigating mechanisms of resistance in bacteria are Alysha’s core research activities.

Dr Elliott is the Program Coordinator for Microbiology and Screening for the Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD), a global antibiotic discovery initiative that has screened >300,000 unique compounds via high throughput screening technologies for antimicrobial activity from over 270 research groups from 47 countries. Alysha’s antimicrobial drug development research has been funded by NHMRC, CARB-X (Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator), the Wellcome Trust and the Queensland Government (Advance Queensland). She has published more than sixty research articles and is active in collaborating with industry and public private partnerships for translational outcomes.

Dr Elliott’s current core research focus is on alternative therapies to treat extensively drug resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections, in particular the use of potentiators (inactive or inefficient compounds when used alone as an antimicrobial) to restore activity of traditional antibiotics that are no longer effective due to the development of antimicrobial resistance.

Research Interests

  • Bacterial pathogens
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Alternative therapies to treat bacterial infections

Research Impacts

Dr Elliott's research focuses on the development of new antimicrobial therapies to combat multi-drug and extensively drug resistant bacteria. New therapies are critical to the treatment of bacterial infections as drug resistance increases at alarming rates, with an estimate of 10 million deaths per year by 2050 if nothing substantial is done, and very few candidates are left in the pharmaceutical development pipeline. Going hand in hand with development of new therapies is the investigation of resistance mechanisms in bacteria, where understanding how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics over time provides guidance on how to better design new compounds or treatment strategies to fight drug resistant infections.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Biochemistry), Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Journal Article

  • Boer, Gareth E., Hickey, Shane M., Elliott, Alysha G. and Pfeffer, Frederick M. (2022). Norbornane-based antibacterial agents: Benzyl and benzoyl substituted guanidines. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Reports, 6 100089, 100089. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmcr.2022.100089

  • Frei, Angelo, Elliott, Alysha G., Kan, Alex, Dinh, Hue, Bräse, Stefan, Bruce, Alice E., Bruce, Mitchell R., Chen, Feng, Humaidy, Dhirgam, Jung, Nicole, King, A. Paden, Lye, Peter G., Maliszewska, Hanna K., Mansour, Ahmed M., Matiadis, Dimitris, Muñoz, María Paz, Pai, Tsung-Yu, Pokhrel, Shyam, Sadler, Peter J., Sagnou, Marina, Taylor, Michelle, Wilson, Justin J., Woods, Dean, Zuegg, Johannes, Meyer, Wieland, Cain, Amy K., Cooper, Matthew A. and Blaskovich, Mark A. T. (2022). Metal Complexes as Antifungals? From a Crowd-Sourced Compound Library to the First In Vivo Experiments. JACS Au, 2 (10), 2277-2294. doi: 10.1021/jacsau.2c00308

  • Blaskovich, Mark A.T., Hansford, Karl A., Butler, Mark S., Ramu, Soumya, Kavanagh, Angela M., Jarrad, Angie M., Prasetyoputri, Anggia, Pitt, Miranda E., Huang, Johnny X., Lindahl, Fredrik, Ziora, Zyta M., Bradford, Tanya, Muldoon, Craig, Rajaratnam, Premraj, Pelingon, Ruby, Edwards, David J., Zhang, Bing, Amado, Maite, Elliott, Alysha G., Zuegg, Johannes, Coin, Lachlan, Woischnig, Anne-Kathrin, Khanna, Nina, Breidenstein, Elena, Stincone, Anna, Mason, Clive, Khan, Nawaz, Cho, Hye-Kyung, Karau, Melissa J. ... Cooper, Matthew A. (2022). A lipoglycopeptide antibiotic for Gram-positive biofilm-related infections. Science Translational Medicine, 14 (662) abj2381. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abj238

  • Blaskovich, Mark A.T., Hansford, Karl A., Butler, Mark S., Ramu, Soumya, Kavanagh, Angela M., Jarrad, Angie M., Prasetyoputri, Anggia, Pitt, Miranda E., Huang, Johnny X., Lindahl, Fredrik, Ziora, Zyta M., Bradford, Tanya, Muldoon, Craig, Rajaratnam, Premraj, Pelingon, Ruby, Edwards, David J., Zhang, Bing, Amado, Maite, Elliott, Alysha G., Zuegg, Johannes, Coin, Lachlan, Woischnig, Anne-Kathrin, Khanna, Nina, Breidenstein, Elena, Stincone, Anna, Mason, Clive, Khan, Nawaz, Cho, Hye-Kyung, Karau, Melissa J. ... Cooper, Matthew A. (2022). A lipoglycopeptide antibiotic for Gram-positive biofilm-related infections. Science Translational Medicine, 14 (662) abj2381, 1-16. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.abj2381

  • Edwards, Ingrid A., Henriques, Sónia T., Blaskovich, Mark A.T., Elliott, Alysha G. and Cooper, Matthew A. (2022). Investigations into the membrane activity of arenicin antimicrobial peptide AA139. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects, 1866 (8) 130156, 130156. doi: 10.1016/j.bbagen.2022.130156

  • Boer, Gareth E., Hickey, Shane M., Elliott, Alysha G. and Pfeffer, Frederick M. (2022). Synthesis of 2-[2-(tert-butoxycarbonyl)-3-(acyl)guanidino]ethylamine salts for convergent introduction of acyl guanidines. New Journal of Chemistry, 46 (17), 8131-8137. doi: 10.1039/d2nj01510b

  • Baker, Jennifer R., Cossar, Peter J., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Elliott, Alysha G., Zuegg, Johannes, Cooper, Matthew A., Lewis, Peter J. and McCluskey, Adam (2022). Amino alcohols as potential antibiotic and antifungal leads. Molecules, 27 (7) 2050. doi: 10.3390/molecules27072050

  • Demchenko, Sergii, Lesyk, Roman, Yadlovskyi, Oleh, Zuegg, Johannes, Elliott, Alysha G., Drapak, Iryna, Fedchenkova, Yuliia, Suvorova, Zinaida and Demchenko, Anatolii (2021). Synthesis, antibacterial and antifungal activity of new 3-Aryl-5H-pyrrolo[1,2-a]imidazole and 5H-Imidazo[1,2-a]azepine quaternary salts. Molecules, 26 (14) 4253, 1-13. doi: 10.3390/molecules26144253

  • Semenov, Victor V., Raihstat, Mikhail M., Konyushkin, Leonid D., Semenov, Roman V., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Zuegg, Johannes, Elliott, Alysha G., Hansford, Karl A. and Cooper, Matthew A. (2021). Antimicrobial screening of a historical collection of over 140 000 small molecules. Mendeleev Communications, 31 (4), 484-487. doi: 10.1016/j.mencom.2021.07.015

  • Braga Emidio, Nayara, Meli, Rajeshwari, Tran, Hue N. T., Baik, Hayeon, Morisset-Lopez, Séverine, Elliott, Alysha G., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Spiller, Sabrina, Beck-Sickinger, Annette G., Schroeder, Christina I. and Muttenthaler, Markus (2021). Chemical synthesis of TFF3 reveals novel mechanistic insights and a gut-stable metabolite. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 64 (13) acs.jmedchem.1c00767, 9484-9495. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.1c00767

  • Muller, Jessica A. I., Lawrence, Nicole, Chan, Lai Yue, Harvey, Peta J., Elliott, Alysha G., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Gonçalves, Jacqueline C., Galante, Priscilla, Mortari, Marcia R., Toffoli-Kadri, Mônica C., Koehbach, Johannes and Craik, David (2021). Antimicrobial and anticancer properties of synthetic peptides derived from the wasp Parachartergus fraternus. Chembiochem , 22 (8) cbic.202000716, 1415-1423. doi: 10.1002/cbic.202000716

  • Frei, Angelo, King, A. Paden, Lowe, Gabrielle J., Cain, Amy K., Short, Francesca L., Dinh, Hue, Elliott, Alysha G., Zuegg, Johannes, Wilson, Justin J. and Blaskovich, Mark A. T. (2021). Cover feature: nontoxic cobalt(III) schiff base complexes with broad‐spectrum antifungal activity (Chem. Eur. J. 6/2021). Chemistry – A European Journal, 27 (6), 1861-1861. doi: 10.1002/chem.202004912

  • Frei, Angelo, King, A. Paden, Lowe, Gabrielle J., Cain, Amy K., Short, Francesca L., Dinh, Hue, Elliott, Alysha G., Zuegg, Johannes, Wilson, Justin J. and Blaskovich, Mark A. T. (2021). Nontoxic cobalt(III) schiff base complexes with broad‐spectrum antifungal activity. Chemistry – A European Journal, 27 (6), 2021-2029. doi: 10.1002/chem.202003545

  • Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Kavanagh, Angela M., Elliott, Alysha G., Zhang, Bing, Ramu, Soumya, Amado, Maite, Lowe, Gabrielle J., Hinton, Alexandra O., Pham, Do Minh Thu, Zuegg, Johannes, Beare, Neil, Quach, Diana, Sharp, Marc D., Pogliano, Joe, Rogers, Ashleigh P., Lyras, Dena, Tan, Lendl, West, Nicholas P., Crawford, David W., Peterson, Marnie L., Callahan, Matthew and Thurn, Michael (2021). The antimicrobial potential of cannabidiol. Communications Biology, 4 (1) 7, 1-18. doi: 10.1038/s42003-020-01530-y

  • Frei, Angelo, Ramu, Soumya, Lowe, Gabrielle J., Dinh, Hue, Semenec, Lucie, Elliott, Alysha G., Zuegg, Johannes, Deckers, Anke, Jung, Nicole, Bräse, Stefan, Cain, Amy K. and Blaskovich, Mark A. T. (2021). Platinum cyclooctadiene complexes with activity against gram-positive bacteria. ChemMedChem, 16 (20) cmdc.202100157, 1-8. doi: 10.1002/cmdc.202100157

  • Fuller, Amelia A., Dounay, Amy B., Schirch, Douglas, Rivera, Daniel G., Hansford, Karl A., Elliott, Alysha G., Zuegg, Johannes, Cooper, Matthew A., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Hitchens, Jacob R., Burris-Hiday, Sarah, Tenorio, Kristiana, Mendez, Yanira, Samaritoni, J. Geno, O’Donnell, Martin J. and Scott, William L. (2020). Multi-institution research and education collaboration identifies new antimicrobial compounds. ACS Chemical Biology, 15 (12), 3187-3196. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.0c00732

  • Peacock, Hayden, Henriques, Sónia Troeira, Benfield, Aurélie H., Elliott, Alysha G., Luo, Jinghui, Luccarelli, James, Nagano, Masanobu, Craik, David J. and Hamilton, Andrew D. (2020). Antimicrobial peptide mimetics based on a diphenylacetylene scaffold: synthesis, conformational analysis, and activity. ChemMedChem, 15 (20) cmdc.202000474, 1932-1939. doi: 10.1002/cmdc.202000474

  • Demchenko, Sergii, Lesyk, Roman, Zuegg, Johannes, Elliott, Alysha G., Fedchenkova, Yuliia, Suvorova, Zinaida and Demchenko, Anatolii (2020). Synthesis, antibacterial and antifungal activity of new 3-biphenyl-3H-Imidazo[1,2-a]azepin-1-ium bromides. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 201 112477, 112477. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2020.112477

  • Braga Emidio, Nayara, Baik, Hayeon, Lee, David, Stürmer, René, Heuer, Jörn, Elliott, Alysha G, Blaskovich, Mark A T, Haupenthal, Katharina, Tegtmeyer, Nicole, Hoffmann, Werner, Schroeder, Christina I and Muttenthaler, Markus (2020). Correction: Chemical synthesis of human trefoil factor 1 (TFF1) and its homodimer provides novel insights into their mechanisms of action. Chemical communications (Cambridge, England), 56 (51), 7049-7049. doi: 10.1039/d0cc90250k

  • Elliott, Alysha G., Huang, Johnny X., Neve, Søren, Zuegg, Johannes, Edwards, Ingrid A., Cain, Amy K., Boinett, Christine J., Barquist, Lars, Lundberg, Carina Vingsbo, Steen, Jason, Butler, Mark S., Mobli, Mehdi, Porter, Kaela M., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Lociuro, Sergio, Strandh, Magnus and Cooper, Matthew A. (2020). An amphipathic peptide with antibiotic activity against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Nature Communications, 11 (1) 3184, 3184. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-16950-x

  • Zuegg, Johannes, Hansford, Karl A., Elliott, Alysha G., Cooper, Matthew A. and Blaskovich, Mark A. T. (2020). How to stimulate and facilitate early stage antibiotic discovery. ACS Infectious Diseases, 6 (6), 1302-1304. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.0c00163

  • Frei, Angelo, Zuegg, Johannes, Elliott, Alysha G., Baker, Murray, Braese, Stefan, Brown, Christopher, Chen, Feng, Dowson, Christopher G., Dujardin, Gilles, Jung, Nicole, King, A. Paden, Mansour, Ahmed M., Massi, Massimiliano, Moat, John, Mohamed, Heba A., Renfrew, Anna K., Rutledge, Peter J., Sadler, Peter J., Todd, Matthew H., Willans, Charlotte E., Wilson, Justin J., Cooper, Matthew A. and Blaskovich, Mark A. T. (2020). Correction: Metal complexes as a promising source for new antibiotics (vol 11, pg 2627, 2020). Chemical Science, 11 (17), 4531-4531. doi: 10.1039/d0sc90075c

  • Rineh, Ardeshir, Soren, Odel, McEwan, Timothy, Ravikumar, Vikashini, Poh, Wee Han, Azamifar, Fereshteh, Naimi-Jamal, M. Reza, Cheung, Chen-Yi, Elliott, Alysha G., Zuegg, Johannes, Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Cooper, Matthew A., Dolange, Victoria, Christodoulides, Myron, Cook, Gregory M., Rice, Scott A., Faust, Saul N., Webb, Jeremy S. and Kelso, Michael J. (2020). Discovery of cephalosporin-3′-diazeniumdiolates that show dual antibacterial and antibiofilm effects against Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical cystic fibrosis isolates and efficacy in a murine respiratory infection model. ACS Infectious Diseases, 6 (6) acsinfecdis.0c00070, 1460-1479. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.0c00070

  • Frei, Angelo, Zuegg, Johannes, Elliott, Alysha G., Baker, Murray V., Braese, Stefan, Brown, Christopher, Chen, Feng, Dowson, Christopher Gerard, Dujardin, Gilles, Jung, Nicole, King, A. Paden, Mansour, Ahmed Moustafa, Massi, Massimiliano, Moat, John, Mohamed, Heba A., Renfrew, Anna, Rutledge, Peter, Sadler, Peter J., Todd, Matthew Houghton, Willans, Charlotte E., Wilson, Justin Jeff, Cooper, Matthew Allister and Blaskovich, Mark (2020). Metal complexes as a promising source for new antibiotics. Chemical Science, 11 (10), 2627-2639. doi: 10.1039/c9sc06460e

  • Barbon, Stephanie M., Truong, Nghia P., Elliott, Alysha G., Cooper, Matthew A., Davis, Thomas P., Whittaker, Michael R., Hawker, Craig J. and Anastasaki, Athina (2020). Elucidating the effect of sequence and degree of polymerization on antimicrobial properties for block copolymers. Polymer Chemistry, 11 (1), 84-90. doi: 10.1039/c9py01435g

  • Braga Emidio, Nayara, Baik, Hayeon, Lee, David, Stürmer, René, Heuer, Jörn, Elliott, Alysha G., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Haupenthal, Katharina, Tegtmeyer, Nicole, Hoffmann, Werner, Schroeder, Christina I. and Muttenthaler, Markus (2020). Chemical synthesis of human trefoil factor 1 (TFF1) and its homodimer provides novel insights into their mechanisms of action. Chemical Communications, 56 (47), 6420-6423. doi: 10.1039/d0cc02321c

  • Grace, James L., Amado, Maite, Reid, Janet C., Elliott, Alysha G., Landersdorfer, Cornelia B., Truong, Nghia P., Kempe, Kristian, Cooper, Matthew A., Davis, Thomas P., Montembault, Véronique, Pascual, Sagrario, Fontaine, Laurent, Velkov, Tony, Quinn, John F. and Whittaker, Michael R. (2019). An optimised Cu(0)-RDRP approach for the synthesis of lipidated oligomeric vinyl azlactone: toward a versatile antimicrobial materials screening platform. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 7 (43), 6796-6809. doi: 10.1039/c9tb01624d

  • Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Elliott, Alysha G., Kavanagh, Angela M., Ramu, Soumya and Cooper, Matthew A. (2019). In vitro antimicrobial activity of acne drugs against skin-associated bacteria. Scientific Reports, 9 (1) 14658, 14658. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-50746-4

  • Chen, Ao, Er, Gerald, Zhang, Cheng, Tang, Joyce, Alam, Mahbub, T. Ta, Hang, Elliott, Alysha G., Cooper, Matthew A., Perera, Janesha, Swift, Simon, Blakey, Idriss, Whittaker, Andrew K. and Peng, Hui (2019). Antimicrobial anilinium polymers: The properties of poly(N,N‐dimethylaminophenylene methacrylamide) in solution and as coatings. Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 57 (18), 1908-1921. doi: 10.1002/pola.29314

  • James, Amy M., Haywood, Joel, Leroux, Julie, Ignasiak, Katarzyna, Elliott, Alysha G., Schmidberger, Jason W., Fisher, Mark F., Nonis, Samuel G., Fenske, Ricarda, Bond, Charles S. and Mylne, Joshua S. (2019). The macrocyclizing protease butelase 1 remains autocatalytic and reveals the structural basis for ligase activity. Plant Journal, 98 (6) tpj.14293, 988-999. doi: 10.1111/tpj.14293

  • Matiadis, Dimitris, Tsironis, Dimitrios, Stefanou, Valentina, Elliott, Alysha G., Kordatos, Konstantinos, Zahariou, Georgia, Ioannidis, Nikolaos, McKee, Vickie, Panagiotopoulou, Angeliki, Igglessi-Markopoulou, Olga and Markopoulos, John (2019). Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activity of N-acetyl-3-acetyl-5-benzylidene tetramic acid-metal complexes. X-ray analysis and identification of the Cd(II) complex as a potent antifungal agent. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 194, 65-73. doi: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2019.02.008

  • Zhang, Alan H., Edwards, Ingrid A., Mishra, Biswa P., Sharma, Gagan, Healy, Michael D., Elliott, Alysha, Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Cooper, Matthew A., Collins, Brett M., Jia, Xinying and Mobli, Mehdi (2019). Elucidating the lipid binding properties of membrane-active peptides using cyclised nanodiscs. Frontiers in Chemistry, 7 (MAR) 238, 238. doi: 10.3389/fchem.2019.00238

  • Gallardo-Godoy, Alejandra, Hansford, Karl, Muldoon, Craig, Becker, Bernd, Elliott, Alysha, Huang, Johnny, Pelingon, Ruby, Butler, Mark, Blaskovich, Mark and Cooper, Matthew (2019). Structure-function studies of polymyxin B lipononapeptides. Molecules, 24 (3) 553, 553. doi: 10.3390/molecules24030553

  • Hickey, Shane M., Ashton, Trent D., Boer, Gareth, Bader, Christie A., Thomas, Michael, Elliott, Alysha G., Schmuck, Carsten, Yu, Heidi Y., Li, Jian, Nation, Roger L., Cooper, Matthew A., Plush, Sally E., Brooks, Douglas A. and Pfeffer, Frederick M. (2018). Norbornane-based cationic antimicrobial peptidomimetics targeting the bacterial membrane. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 160, 9-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2018.09.072

  • Grace, James L., Schneider-Futschik, Elena K., Elliott, Alysha G., Amado, Maite, Truong, Nghia P., Cooper, Matthew A., Li, Jian, Davis, Thomas P., Quinn, John F., Velkov, Tony and Whittaker, Michael R. (2018). Exploiting macromolecular design to optimize the antibacterial activity of alkylated cationic oligomers. Biomacromolecules, 19 (12) acs.biomac.8b01317, 4629-4640. doi: 10.1021/acs.biomac.8b01317

  • Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Pitt, Miranda E., Elliott, Alysha G. and Cooper, Matthew A. (2018). Can octapeptin antibiotics combat extensively drug-resistant (XDR) bacteria?. Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, 16 (6), 485-499. doi: 10.1080/14787210.2018.1483240

  • Pitt, Miranda E., Elliott, Alysha G., Cao, Minh Duc, Ganesamoorthy, Devika, Karaiskos, Ilias, Giamarellou, Helen, Abboud, Cely S., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Cooper, Matthew A. and Coin, Lachlan J. M. (2018). Multifactorial chromosomal variants regulate polymyxin resistance in extensively drug-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. Microbial Genomics, 4 (3) 000158. doi: 10.1099/mgen.0.000158

  • Velkov, Tony, Gallardo-Godoy, Alejandra, Swarbrick, James D., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Elliott, Alysha G., Han, Meiling, Thompson, Philip E., Roberts, Kade D., Huang, Johnny X., Becker, Bernd, Butler, Mark S., Lash, Lawrence H., Henriques, Sónia Troeira, Nation, Roger L., Sivanesan, Sivashangarie, Sani, Marc-Antoine, Separovic, Frances, Mertens, Haydyn, Bulach, Dieter, Seemann, Torsten, Owen, Jeremy, Li, Jian and Cooper, Matthew A. (2018). Structure, Function, and Biosynthetic Origin of Octapeptin Antibiotics Active against Extensively Drug-Resistant Gram-Negative Bacteria. Cell Chemical Biology, 25 (4), 380-391.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2018.01.005

  • Blaskovich, Mark A T, Hansford, Karl A., Gong, Yujing, Butler, Mark S., Muldoon, Craig, Huang, Johnny X., Ramu, Soumya, Silva, Alberto B., Cheng, Mu, Kavanagh, Angela M., Ziora, Zyta, Premraj, Rajaratnam, Lindahl, Fredrik, Bradford, Tanya A., Lee, June C., Karoli, Tomislav, Pelingon, Ruby, Edwards, David J., Amado, Maite, Elliott, Alysha G, Phetsang, Wanida, Daud, Noor Huda, Deecke, Johan E, Sidjabat, Hanna E, Ramaologa, Sefetogi, Zuegg, Johannes, Betley, Jason R, Beevers, Andrew P G, Smith, Richard A G ... Cooper, Matthew A. (2018). Protein-inspired antibiotics active against vancomycin- and daptomycin-resistant bacteria. Nature Communications, 9 (1) 02123, 22. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-02123-w

  • Edwards, Ingrid A, Elliott, Alysha G, Kavanagh, Angela M, Blaskovich, Mark A T and Cooper, Matthew A (2017). Structure-Activity and -Toxicity Relationships of the Antimicrobial Peptide Tachyplesin-1. ACS infectious diseases, 3 (12), 917-926. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.7b00123

  • Henriques, Sónia Troeira, Lawrence, Nicole, Chaousis, Stephanie, Ravipati, Anjaneya S., Cheneval, Olivier, Benfield, Aurélie H., Elliott, Alysha G., Kavanagh, Angela Maria, Cooper, Matthew A., Chan, Lai Yue, Huang, Yen-Hua and Craik, David J. (2017). Redesigned spider peptide with improved antimicrobial and anticancer properties. ACS Chemical Biology, 12 (9), 2324-2334. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.7b00459

  • Scott, Fraser J., Nichol, Ryan J. O., Khalaf, Abedawn I., Giordani, Federica, Gillingwater, Kirsten, Ramu, Soumya, Elliott, Alysha, Zuegg, Johannes, Duffy, Paula, Rosslee, Michael-Jon, Hlaka, Lerato, Kumar, Santosh, Ozturk, Mumin, Brombacher, Frank, Barrett, Michael, Guler, Reto and Suckling, Colin J. (2017). An evaluation of Minor Groove Binders as anti-fungal and anti-mycobacterial therapeutics. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 136, 561-572. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2017.05.039

  • Hussein, Maytham H., Schneider, Elena K., Elliott, Alysha G., Han, Meiling, Reyes-Ortega, Felisa, Morris, Faye, Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Jasim, Raad, Currie, Bart, Mayo, Mark, Baker, Mark, Cooper, Matthew A., Li, Jian and Velkov, Tony (2017). From Breast Cancer to Antimicrobial: Combating Extremely Resistant Gram-Negative "superbugs" Using Novel Combinations of Polymyxin B with Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Microbial Drug Resistance, 23 (5), 640-650. doi: 10.1089/mdr.2016.0196

  • Dekan, Zoltan, Headey, Stephen J., Scanlon, Martin, Baldo, Brian A., Lee, Tzong-Hsien, Aguilar, Marie-Isabel, Deuis, Jennifer R., Vetter, Irina, Elliott, Alysha G., Amado, Maite, Cooper, Matthew A., Alewood, Dianne and Alewood, Paul F. (2017). Δ-Myrtoxin-Mp1a is a helical heterodimer from the venom of the jack jumper ant that has antimicrobial, membrane-disrupting, and nociceptive activities. Angewandte Chemie, 56 (29), 8495-8499. doi: 10.1002/anie.201703360

  • Becker, Bernd, Butler, Mark S., Hansford, Karl A., Gallardo-Godoy, Alejandra, Elliott, Alysha G., Huang, Johnny X., Edwards, David J., Blaskovich, Mark A. T. and Cooper, Matthew A. (2017). Synthesis of octapeptin C4 and biological profiling against NDM-1 and polymyxin-resistant bacteria. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 27 (11), 2407-2409. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2017.04.027

  • Desselle, Mathilde R., Neale, Ruth, Hansford, Karl A., Zuegg, Johannes, Elliott, Alysha G., Cooper, Matthew A. and Blaskovich, Mark A. T. (2017). Institutional profile: Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery - crowdsourcing new antibiotics and antifungals. Future Science OA, 3 (2) FSO171, FSO171. doi: 10.4155/fsoa-2016-0093

  • Galappathie, Savithri, Edwards, David J., Elliott, Alysha G., Cooper, Matthew A., Palombo, Enzo A., Butler, Mark S. and Mahon, Peter J. (2017). Antibacterial nerol cinnamates from the Australian plant Eremophila longifolia. Journal of Natural Products, 80 (4), 1178-1181. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00888

  • Cao, Minh Duc, Nguyen, Son Hoang, Ganesamoorthy, Devika, Elliott, Alysha G., Cooper, Matthew A. and Coin, Lachlan J. M. (2017). Scaffolding and completing genome assemblies in real-time with nanopore sequencing. Nature Communications, 8 (1) 14515, 14515. doi: 10.1038/ncomms14515

  • Möhler, Jasper S., Kolmar, Theresa, Synnatschke, Kevin, Hergert, Marcel, Wilson, Liam A., Ramu, Soumya, Elliott, Alysha G., Blaskovich, Mark A.T., Sidjabat, Hanna E., Paterson, David L., Schenk, Gerhard, Cooper, Matthew A. and Ziora, Zyta M. (2017). Enhancement of antibiotic-activity through complexation with metal ions - Combined ITC, NMR, enzymatic and biological studies. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 167, 134-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2016.11.028

  • Grace, James L., Elliott, Alysha G., Huang, Johnny X., Schneider, Elena K., Truong, Nghia P., Cooper, Matthew A., Li, Jian, Davis, Thomas P., Quinn, John F., Velkov, Tony and Whittaker, Michael R. (2016). Cationic acrylate oligomers comprising amino acid mimic moieties demonstrate improved antibacterial killing efficiency. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 5 (3), 531-536. doi: 10.1039/C6TB02787C

  • Yousfi, Tarek, Elliott, Alysha, Hanane, Messiad, Merdes, Rachid and Moyano, Albert (2016). Expedient organocatalytic syntheses of 4-substituted pyrazolidines and isoxazolidines. Molecules, 21 (12) 21121655, 1655. doi: 10.3390/molecules21121655

  • Kumar, Rohitesh, Lu, Yuting, Elliott, Alysha G., Kavanagh, Angela M., Cooper, Matthew A. and Davis, Rohan A. (2016). Semi-synthesis and NMR spectral assignments of flavonoid and chalcone derivatives. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 54 (11), 880-886. doi: 10.1002/mrc.4482

  • Cao, Minh Duc, Ganesamoorthy, Devika, Elliott, Alysha G., Zhang, Huihui, Cooper, Matthew A. and Coin, Lachlan J. M. (2016). Streaming algorithms for identification of pathogens and antibiotic resistance potential from real-time MinION (TM) sequencing. Gigascience, 5 (1) 32, 32. doi: 10.1186/s13742-016-0137-2

  • Elliott, Alysha G., Ganesamoorthy, Devika, Coin, Lachlan, Cooper, Matthew A. and Cao, Minh Duc (2016). Complete Genome Sequence of Klebsiella quasipneumoniae subsp. similipneumoniae strain ATCC 700603. Genome Announcements, 4 (3) e00438-16. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00438-16

  • Azmi, Fazren, Elliott, Alysha G., Marasini, Nirmal, Ramu, Soumya, Ziora, Zyta, Kavanagh, Angela M., Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Cooper, Matthew A., Skwarczynski, Mariusz and Toth, Istvan (2016). Short cationic lipopeptides as effective antibacterial agents: design, physicochemical properties and biological evaluation. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, 24 (10), 2235-2241. doi: 10.1016/j.bmc.2016.03.053

  • Edwards, Ingrid A., Elliott, Alysha G., Kavanagh, Angela M., Zuegg, Johannes, Blaskovich, Mark A. T. and Cooper, Matthew A. (2016). Contribution of amphipathicity and hydrophobicity to the antimicrobial activity and cytotoxicity of β‑hairpin peptides. ACS Infectious Diseases, 2 (6), 442-450. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.6b00045

  • Beattie, Karren D., Ellwood, Nicola, Kumar, Rohitesh, Yang, Xinzhou, Healy, Peter C., Choomuenwai, Vanida, Quinn, Ronald J., Elliott, Alysha G., Huang, Johnny X., Chitty, Jessica L., Fraser, James A., Cooper, Matthew A. and Davis, Rohan A. (2016). Antibacterial and antifungal screening of natural products sourced from Australian fungi and characterisation of pestalactams D-F. Phytochemistry, 124, 79-85. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2015.12.014

  • Gallardo-Godoy, Alejandra, Muldoon, Craig, Becker, Bernd, Elliott, Alysha G., Lash, Lawrence H, Huang, Johnny X., Butler, Mark S., Pelingon, Ruby, Kavanagh, Angela M., Ramu, Soumya, Phetsang, Wanida, Blaskovich, Mark A. T. and Cooper, Matthew A (2016). Activity and predicted nephrotoxicity of synthetic antibiotics based on polymyxin B. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 59 (3), 1068-1077. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.5b01593

  • Elliott, Alysha G., Franke, Bastian, Armstrong, David A., Craik, David J., Mylne, Joshua S. and Rosengren, K. Johan (2016). Natural structural diversity within a conserved cyclic peptide scaffold. Amino Acids, 49 (1), 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s00726-016-2333-x

  • Huang, Johnny X., Blaskovich, Mark A.T., Pelingon, Ruby, Ramu, Soumya, Kavanagh, Angela, Elliott, Alysha G., Butler, Mark S., Montgomery, A. Bruce and Cooper, Matthew A. (2015). Mucin binding reduces colistin antimicrobial activity. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 59 (10), 5925-5931. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00808-15

  • Rees, Karlee A., Bermudez, Cindy, Edwards, David J., Elliott, Alysha G., Ripen, Jovita E., Seta, Cynthia, Huang, Johnny X., Cooper, Matthew A., Fraser, James A., Yeo, Tiong C. and Butler, Mark S. (2015). Flemingin-type prenylated chalcones from the sarawak rainforest plant desmodium congestum. Journal of Natural Products, 78 (8), 2141-2144. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.5b00410

  • Jarrad, Angie M., Karoli, Tomislav, Anjan, Debnath, Tay, Chin Yen, Huang, Johnny X., Kaeslin, Geraldine, Elliott, Alysha G., Miyamoto, Yukiko, Ramu, Soumya, Kavanagh, Angela M., Zuegg, Johannes, Eckmann, Lars, Blaskovich, Mark A. and Cooper, Matthew A. (2015). Metronidazole-triazole conjugates: activity against Clostridium difficile and parasites. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 101 7946, 96-102. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2015.06.019

  • Zuegg, Johannes, Muldoon, Craig, Adamson, George, McKeveney, Declan, Le Thanh, Giang, Premraj, Rajaratnam, Becker, Bernd, Cheng, Mu, Elliott, Alysha G., Huang, Johnny X., Butler, Mark S., Bajaj, Megha, Seifert, Joachim, Singh, Latika, Galley, Nicola F., Roper, David I., Lloyd, Adrian J., Dowson, Christopher G., Cheng, Ting-Jen, Cheng, Wei-Chieh, Demon, Dieter, Meyer, Evelyne, Meutermans, Wim and Cooper, Matthew A. (2015). Carbohydrate scaffolds as glycosyltransferase inhibitors with in vivo antibacterial activity. Nature Communications, 6 (1) 7719, 1-11. doi: 10.1038/ncomms8719

  • Hickey, Shane M., Ashton, Trent D., Khosa, Simren K., Robson, Ryan N., White, Jonathan M., Li, Jian, Nation, Roger L., Yu, Heidi Y., Elliott, Alysha G., Butler, Mark S., Huang, Johnny X., Cooper, Matthew A. and Pfeffer, Frederick M. (2015). Synthesis and evaluation of cationic norbornanes as peptidomimetic antibacterial agents. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 13 (22), 6225-6241. doi: 10.1039/c5ob00621j

  • Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Zuegg, Johannes, Elliott, Alysha G. and Cooper, Matthew (2015). Helping chemists discover new antibiotics. ACS Infectious Diseases, 1 (7), 285-287. doi: 10.1021/acsinfecdis.5b00044

  • Bernath-Levin, Kalia, Nelson, Clark, Elliott, Alysha G., Jayasena, Achala S., Millar, A. Harvey, Craik, David J. and Mylne, Joshua S. (2015). Peptide macrocyclization by a bifunctional endoprotease. Chemistry and Biology, 22 (5), 571-582. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2015.04.010

  • Azmi, Fazren, Elliott, Alysha G., Khalil, Zeinab G., Hussein, Waleed M., Kavanagh, Angela, Huang, Johnny X., Quezada, Michelle, Blaskovich, Mark A. T., Capon, Robert J., Cooper, Matthew A., Skwarczynski, Mariusz and Toth, Istvan (2015). Self-assembling lipopeptides with a potent activity against Gram-positive bacteria, including multidrug resistant strains. Nanomedicine, 10 (22), 3359-3371. doi: 10.2217/nnm.15.137

  • Hickey, Shane M., Ashton, Trent D., White, Jonathan M., Li, Jian, Nation, Roger L., Yu, Heidi Y., Elliott, Alysha G., Butler, Mark S., Huang, Johnny X., Cooper, Matthew A. and Pfeffer, Frederick M. (2015). Synthesis of norbornane bisether antibiotics via silver-mediated alkylation. Rsc Advances, 5 (36), 28582-28596. doi: 10.1039/c5ra03321g

  • Elliott, Alysha G., Delay, Christina, Liu, Huanle, Phua, Zaiyang, Rosengren, K. Johan, Benfield, Aurelie H., Panero, Jose L., Colgrave, Michelle L., Jayasena, Achala S., Dunse, Kerry M., Anderson, Marilyn A., Schilling, Edward E., Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel, Craik, David J. and Mylne, Joshua S. (2014). Evolutionary origins of a bioactive peptide buried within preproalbumin. The Plant Cell, 26 (3), 981-995. doi: 10.1105/tpc.114.123620

  • Koehbach, Johannes, O'Brien, Margaret, Muttenthaler, Markus, Miazzo, Marion, Akcan, Muharrem, Elliott, Alysha G., Daly, Norelle L., Harvey, Peta J., Arrowsmith, Sarah, Gunasekera, Sunithi, Smith, Terry J., Wray, Susan, Göransson, Ulf, Dawson, Philip E., Craik, David J., Freissmuth, Michael and Gruber, Christian W. (2013). Oxytocic plant cyclotides as templates for peptide G protein-coupled receptor ligand design. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (52), 21183-21188. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1311183110

  • Mylne, Joshua S., Colgrave, Michelle L., Daly, Norelle L., Chanson, Aurelie H., Elliott, Alysha G., McCallum, Emily J., Jones, Alun and Craik, David J. (2011). Albumins and their processing machinery are hijacked for cyclic peptides in sunflower. Nature Chemical Biology, 7 (5), 257-259. doi: 10.1038/nchembio.542

  • Gruber, Christian W., Elliott, Alysha G., Ireland, David C., Delprete, Piero G., Dessein, Steven, Goransson, Ulf, Trabi, Manuela, Wang, Conan K., Kinghorn, Andrew B., Robbrecht, Elmar and Craik, David J. (2008). Distribution and evolution of circular miniproteins in flowering plants. The Plant Cell, 20 (9), 2471-2483. doi: 10.1105/tpc.108.062331

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Alysha Elliott Aparicio is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision